Mother-of-three now best friends with her kidney donor after the stranger read about her desperate search for a transplant on Facebook

DAILY MAIL | Abigail Miller
Nicole Baltzer (left) donated one of her kidneys to Kara Yimoyines (right) in February 2017 after reading online about Kara's extensive and desperate search for the new organ
Kara Yimoyines had less than 20 percent kidney function when her doctors revealed they had found her an anonymous donor.

The 41-year-old mother-of-three, who lives in Winchester, Massachusetts, has lupus, a chronic autoimmune condition that causes an individual's body to make antibodies that attack itself.

Fearing she could die on the years-long waiting list, Kara's friends and loved-ones took to social media to urge anyone to volunteer as a donor.

Weeks later, in December 2016, Nicole Baltzer, who lives just a mile away from Kara, read about her story on a community Facebook group. She got tested, and she was a match.

In February this year, the two underwent the hours-long transplant procedures just seven rooms apart on the same hall in Tuft's Medical Center in Boston.

Though it's not protocol for people to meet their organ donors, Nicole popped her head round Kara's door the next day - and it was a start of a friendship.

Now, the pair brunch on the weekends, with their daughters who are aged eight and nine years old, and they even spent Easter together. Continue reading
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